Many of us are “accidental” project managers. Project management may not be the profession we dreamed of as we were growing up. Most likely we stumbled into it. You may have been asked to manage projects in your organization, because you have shown superior technical skill. Ironically the skill that got you where you are today as a project manager is not what will take you where you need to go in this position. Now you are not “doing” project work per se any more but “leading” it. This presentation walks you through the leadership journey you go through as a project manager. It focuses on the skills you must master for this journey. It illuminates the transformation you must make from a “doer” to a “leader.”
Risk and uncertainty are inherent to projects. They influence every major project decision and eventual outcome. It is paramount to understand them to make the right decisions and achieve successful outcomes. Many organizations have recently adopted risk registers and qualitative methods to manage their project risks. While these methods are a first step, there is a strong need for more sophisticated next generation tools involving quantitative analysis. Such tools can provide us with more realistic cost and schedule estimates. They can also help us establish and manage contingencies more effectively.
Dr. Prasad Kodukula, PMP, PgMP, is a coach, author, inventor, and entrepreneur with 30 years of professional experience. He has spoken in 45 countries and worked with 40 Fortune 100 companies. He is co-founder and CEO of two companies: Kodukula & Associates, Inc., a project management company; and NeoChloris, Inc., a clean energy startup. He is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology. He was recognized twice by PMI with 2016 Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence and 2010 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. Prasad is a co/contributing author of eight books and 40+ articles. He owns three patents, while two more are pending.
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